I’ve been the Managing Director for three years, where we’ve been applying the knowledge and technology bred in F1 – lightweight structures, hybrid and EV tech, aerodynamics, vehicle dynamics, prototyping – to a host of sectors. It’s a vital part of the diversification of the Williams Group and fits perfectly with the company ethos. As founder Sir Frank Williams says: “We’re a world-class engineering company that happens to go racing.”
Exciting projects seem to follow me around, and in the past I’ve overseen three Bathurst wins in Australian V8 Supercars, directed the Aston Martin DB7 project and the mad Renaultsport Clio V6 with TWR Group. Despite all that, the work we’re doing now at Williams Advanced Engineering is some of the most exciting I’ve ever been involved in.
Perhaps most famously, we worked with Jaguar to create the C-X75 hybrid supercar prototypes – a project that went from drawing board to physical reality in just 18 months – and later helped engineer the C-X75 stunt cars used in the latest James Bond film SPECTRE. We’ve also worked with Nissan on a Nurburgring lap record-breaking GT-R NISMO, helping to design a special set of aerodynamic wings and supporting NISMO engineers on the car’s handling. We’ve also recently created a new fully electric demonstrator vehicle for Aston Martin.